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Industrial Wireless & Mobiles: September Update

wireless mobileInvensys has released new HMI software that enables end users to access plant-floor data at anytime from anywhere, using any mobile device. The software, called Wonderware InTouch Access Anywhere, runs entirely inside a web browser and allows users to readily connect to other InTouch applications from their mobiles.  (Read more)

Belden Inc.
has released a new version of its Hirschmann Industrial HiVision network management software, which is designed to help people charged with configuring and supervising industrial Ethernet networks. (Read more)

Siemens Industry Automation
has introduced an application that enables direct communication between an Apple iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and its clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeters. The Sitrans Connection Apple iOS communication app and any Sitrans F US clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeter. This is said to enhance all metering functionalities, including programming, operational review, data logging and download. (Read more)

Just two technology standards accounted for over 50% of all wireless-enabled industrial automation equipment shipped in 2012, according to a new report from market analysts IHS. Wireless LAN (WLAN/802.11a/b/g/n) accounted for a 31% share of shipments of wireless-enabled industrial automation equipment, while Bluetooth held 22% of the market. IHS said it expects this dominance to continue over the next few years at least.  (Read more)

Many energy, oil & gas, nuclear, refinery and water companies are vulnerable to cyber attacks on their on-site wireless devices, a US information security firm has warned. Indeed, the Seattle company IOActive Inc. backed these claims with a presentation of new research, during the annual Black Hat and DEF CON security conferences. (Read more)


WFS Technologies has recently added a subsea wireless power system to its range of subsea wireless controllers, modems and dataloggers. The system enables contactless recharging or powering of offshore equipment. Power can be delivered by ROV at between 10W –3kW and power transfer efficiency up to 90%, at distances up to 30cm. It can be used, for example, to recharge “sealed for life” sensors eliminating the need to replace batteries.

Agilent Technologies Inc.
and Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork hve officially opened a new laboratory for research and teaching in next-generation wireless communications. The laboratory at Tyndall is to facilitate training and research on radio frequency integrated circuits for high-speed wireless data communications for video applications and contactless sensors for biomedical and security applications. (Press announcement)

Perpetuum
has received an order from Southeastern Railways to supply wireless sensor systems for all 148 of its Electrostar train stock (618 cars). Perpetuum’s world leading Energy Harvesters enable the self-powered maintenance free wireless sensors to be fitted in a few minutes without the need for complex retrofit wiring. This new agreement follows the installation of Perpetuum sensor systems on a number of Southeastern trains in 2012.

Invensys has acquired the SmartGlance mobile reporting product of Sarla Analytics LLC, a privately held company headquartered in Barrington, R.I.The industrial mobile reporting business app is said to deliver secure, on-demand access to graphical reports from any industrial operations data source via mobile devices.

Emerson
claims to have introduced the industry’s "first true" wireless guided wave radar (GWR) transmitter for continuous level and interface monitoring. The Rosemount 3308 wireless GWR transmitter is said to meet the need for accurate level monitoring in remote or difficult to reach locations where installing new cabling would be costly or impractical. GWR applications include process level measurement in vessels and storage tanks in refineries, oil fields, offshore platforms, chemical and industrial plants.

Honeywell
's latest OneWireless Network release is said to incorporate several new features that make wireless technology easier to deploy and operate, and lower deployment and operational costs. Release 210 includes over-the-air field device provisioning and a Gateway General Client Interface (GCI) made possible by the ISA100 standard; and native integration of OneWireless field networks into Honeywell’s Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS).


Straightpoint, which designs and manufactures of force measurement, load monitoring and suspended weighing load cells, has added a new wireless compression loadcell to its range with an industry-leading wireless range of up to 250m/800feet and unmatched battery life of 400 hours, allowing for the calculation of total mass and the centre of gravity on loads up to and exceeding 4000t. The wireless unit, it said, has eradicated troublesome and hard to maintain cables, meaning large scale projects can be completed in a fraction of the time and maintenance costs are all but eliminated.
Back at Honeywell, the vendor has expanded its Limitless Wireless Solutions portfolio with the introduction of its Limitless Non-Contact Switch WLS Series. The new switch uses non-contact technology, enabling the device to actuate based on the presence or absence of magnets installed on a customer’s device – making it suitable for harsh operating environments.  The battery-operated Limitless Wireless Non-Contact Switch allows customers to choose either top sensing or side sensing. The design is said to increase efficiency and reduce installation and maintenance costs compared to a traditional wired switch.